Global domain name count hits 294 million mark

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VeriSign has revealed that the total number of registered domain names has hit 294 million mark globally across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of March 31, 2015.

The internet security company revealed that as many as six million domain names were were added to the Internet in the first quarter of 2015 alone – a 1.9 per cent increase over the last quarter of 2014. According to the details provided in latest Domain Name Industry Brief, the global domain name registrations have increased by 6.5 per cent year over year or 17.8 million names.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the first quarter of 2015, reaching a combined total of approximately 133.0 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base. This represents a 3.1 per cent increase year over year. As of March 31, 2015, the domain name base of .com equaled 117.9 million names, while .net equaled 15.1 million names.

In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.6 million domain names for the same period in 2014.

During the first quarter of 2015, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 119 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 165 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 8.6 percent and the peak increased 13.1 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 40.2 percent and the peak query load increased 37.9 percent.

With changes to search algorithms that favor websites that look and perform better on mobile devices, non-mobile friendly website owners, including many small businesses, fear their search rankings will plummet. As online commerce continues to grow and as people continue to turn to the Internet when looking for information, this quarter’s feature article, “‘Mobilegeddon’: Good for Small Business?” touts the benefits of mobile websites for business and why small businesses should make this a top priority.